The first step refers to the company’s needs identification that is less easy than it can seem. It’s needed a clear vision of company’s present and future internal and external context, it’s needed a precise list of needs and subsequent details that furthermore will lead to the setting of selection criteria for the scouting step.
At FireMatter, we strongly believe in this approach. Rather than aligning our methodology along technology or innovation domains, we start from the business and functional process and its desired outcomes. Only then do we explore specific application domains and search for the right technology vendors and partners. Strategic outcomes should inform technology scouting and not the other way around.